Nothing whets the intelligence more than a passionate suspicion, nothing develops all the faculties of an immature mind more than a trail running away into the dark.
STEFAN ZWEIG, The Burning Secret and Other Stories
The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.
Curiosity in children ... is but an appetite after knowledge and therefore ought to be encouraged in them, not only as a good sign, but as the great instrument nature has provided to remove that ignorance they were born with and which, without this busy inquisitiveness, will make them dull and useless creatures.
JOHN LOCKE, Some Thoughts Concerning Education
Curiosity is a kernel of the forbidden fruit, which still sticketh in the throat of a natural man, sometimes to the danger of his choking.
THOMAS FULLER, The History of the Worthies of England
Curiosity killed the cat.
JAMES ALLAN MAIR, A Handbook of Proverbs
Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.
ARNOLD EDINBOROUGH, attributed, Words from the Wise
A bright eye indicates curiosity; a black eye, too much.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.
SMILEY BLANTON, Love or Perish
Eve and the apple was the first great step in experimental science.
'Twere to consider too curiously, to consider so.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet
I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE, The Complete Essays
What can limit the excursive flight of human curiosity? It dives into the bowels of the earth, explores the mine, and speculates on the formation of the world itself. The sea forms no obstacle to its career. It visits the equator and the poles, and circumnavigates the globe. Nor does it take a cursory flight only, which seems merely to measure space: it pauses to meditate and to inquire. There is not an animal that traverses the desert, there is not an insect that crawls on the ground, there is not a flower that blooms in the air, there is not a stone cast carelessly along our path, but it stops, and interrogates, and forces to declare its nature.
JOHN YOUNG, Lectures on Intellectual Philosophy
Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it.
SUDIE BACK, attributed, Quote Unquote
Curiosity is a vice that has been stigmatized in turn by Christianity, by philosophy, and even by a certain conception of science. Curiosity is seen as futility. However, I like the word; it suggests something quite different to me. It evokes "care"; it evokes the care one takes of what exists and what might exist; a sharpened sense of reality, but one that is never immobilized before it; a readiness to find what surrounds us strange and odd; a certain determination to throw off familiar ways of thought and to look at the same things in a different way; a passion for seizing what is happening now and what is disappearing; a lack of respect for the traditional hierarchies of what is important and fundamental.
MICHEL FOUCAULT, "The Masked Philosopher"
Children, be curious. Nothing is worse (I know it) than when curiosity stops. Nothing is more repressive than the repression of curiosity. Curiosity begets love. It weds us to the world. It's part of our perverse, madcap love for this impossible planet we inhabit. People die when curiosity goes. People have to find out, people have to know.
There is nothing left of him but curiosity and a pair of eyes.
KURT VONNEGUT, Mother Night
Curiosity is scandal's microscope.
P. FLETCHER, attributed, Day's Collacon
A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of the bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
ALEXANDER POPE, Thoughts on Various Subjects
Ignorance may be bliss, but only if it outweighs curiosity. Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy.
VICTORIA SCHWAB, The Archived
Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
WALT DISNEY, attributed, Meet the Robinsons
Curiosity is a call from knowledge.
TOBA BETA, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
Curiosity is looking over other people's affairs, and over-looking our own.
H. L. WAYLAND, attributed, Proverbial Wisdom
So blind is the curiosity by which mortals are possessed, that they often conduct their minds along unexplored routes, having no reason to hope for success, but merely being willing to risk the experiment of finding whether the truth they seek lies there.
RENÉ DESCARTES, Le Discourse de la Méthode
Curiosity is the forerunner of discovery.
DUKE, attributed, Day's Collacon